Mango and Passionfruit Ice Cream Cake

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mango and Passionfruit icecream

I think the first time I ever really tasted tropical fruit was overseas. The 7 hour flight to Dempasar was spent drinking and smoking up the back of the plane with the air stewards. Smoking was allowed, and plying customers with alcohol was also allowed, back then on my first trip to another country.

The plane touched the tarmac and we were incredibly excited and very drunk. As we reached the cabin door the full force of the hot tropical air hit us and I could almost feel my knees buckle with the weight of  humidity. We could have been descending Mount Everest for all I knew, the stairs were so steep, we stumbled onto that tarmac and were accosted by gravity. We sat on the step just outside the terminal building to assess our state.  No one moved us on and we cursed the heat in expansive gestures, laughing uproariously and feeling pinned to the ground by our intoxication and the feel of that incredible heat. To this day the smell of clove cigarettes and the first hot blast of tropical summer air take me back to Bali. We were ushered inside by staff and felt much clearer in the air conditioning  which of course was fortunately as the fun was just beginning, we had to haggle with Bemo(taxi) drivers.

Mango frozen tart

At breakfast the next day, I had an embarrassing moustache of beady sweat, and a nasty hang over. Together we figured that we should redeem our selves and eat fruit salad and a smoothie for breakfast. That’s when it happened…..I tried tropical fruit,  real tropical fruit. Not a yellow piece of banana or an orangey fleshed mango but banana that that had a silky texture and a sweetness I had never experienced, not floury and tasteless but warm and sweet and just picked. Mango, oh mango was a revelation, never touched by a fridge  so sweet and tangy and Papaya so orange and fat and juicy, and the sweetest exotic, tropical flavour I had ever tried. I could not get enough.  My first big adventure had begun.

This Mango and Passionfruit  Ice Cream cake takes me back to my first real tropical experience.

This recipe is made in a blender. I am using a Vitamix, which  I love. It blends to a smooth lushious puree.  You can use a food processor if you dont have a blender. It will still be fantastic , just not as smooth.

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Mango Frozen Tropical Tart

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Frozen Mango and Passionfruit Ice Cream Cake
 
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Ingredients
Base 9" or 20cm
  • 100gm (amaretti biscuits ( crunchy ones, these can be found in the supermarket) or use any crunchy biscuit
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 60gm melted butter ( approx 3 Tablespoons)
  • 50gm roasted hazelnuts
Topping
  • 1 mango rough chopped and removed from the skin
  • 2-3 bananas { total of 500gm/1 lb} this can be frozen fruit
  • ½ cup of thickened cream ( whipping cream)
  • 1 cup of greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pure icing sugar ( powdered )
  • 1 mango
  • 3 passionfruits 1 Tablespoon pure icing ( powdered) sugar
Instructions
  1. Put the amaretti biscuits and almond meal into a food processor and process till the biscuits are broken down. Add the butter and the hazelnuts and process in bursts till just combined. The nuts are more interesting when they are a bit chunky.Press the biscuits into the base of a paper lined cake tin and put into the freezer to chill.
  2. Put the yoghurt, cream, vanilla and sugar into the blender with the fruit. Puree until smooth. Pour into the tart base and freeze, leave 5 hours or overnight for best results.
  3. Cut the mango into cubes, mix the passionfruit pulp in a bowl with the icing sugar Unmould the cake and put onto a platter and top with the mango and passionfruit.
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